• Network: NETFLIX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2019
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Aug 6, 2019
    85
    The first 20-ish minutes are the most honest work Ansari has done, a litany of observations about the status quo that reveals a hunger and frustration that was buried under his happy-go-lucky persona. ... There’s a bit of flab, especially in the back half. ... But whatever soul-searching or image management that Ansari has gone through since the babe.net story has made him a better performer—one who is more able to dwell in gray areas of comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 10, 2019
    80
    It’s the most organic and tactically nimble post-#MeToo comeback thus far ... His crackerjack flash is starkly subdued. Ansari probably makes about three too many earnest appeals to our better nature and the need to live in the present. But this is still the work of a comedy veteran who channels righteous fed-up-ness and critiques obliviousness with relatable flair.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jul 9, 2019
    80
    “Right Now” is otherwise a packed set of punchlines and anecdotes about performative allyship, living in the moment, and how the goalposts of decency keep shifting. Complaining about “wokeness” could easily come off as out of touch and cranky, but Ansari largely avoids that trap by cracking smart, slyly scathing jokes about the “newly woke white people” whose well-meaning indignation can tip the scale into “condescending.”
  4. It’s intentionally full of contradictions, and Ansari has no interest in trying to resolve them. Right Now feels like a reckoning because it feels like an hour of Ansari, actively and sometimes futilely and often hilariously, attempting to wrestle with what it means to be an artist in the world right now. I’m not sure that it matters much that the result is a tangle of contradictions and generalizations and personal stories; the tangle is carefully choreographed, and the contradictions are intentional. This version of reckoning is less about answers, and more about the process of posing them.
  5. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jul 9, 2019
    75
    Everything about the production of Right Now is incredibly well considered, from the special’s more intimate setting (at least, compared to MSG) to Ansari’s casual wardrobe to Jonze’s choice to remain onstage with the comedian, where he personally captures even the briefest of pauses. His energy shifts up and down, but his act-outs—which run the gamut from impersonating performers of “wokeness” to succinct racists to his 25-year-old self—remain a reliable source of humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 9, 2019
    75
    “Right Now” is a check-in, an update, a work-in-progress, and it strains to bring the audience back to Ansari, even while many have already come running.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 9, 2019
    75
    There is no apology, though hardly no remorse. ... From there, "Right Now" becomes, in a comically inverted way, a plea for tolerance,for perspective shift, for a check-out-the-world (from where I stand) riff. ... Risky show, risky strategy and both pay off.
  8. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Jul 10, 2019
    70
    At points like this [he recalls a “Parks and Rec” episode in which his character, Tom Haverford, installs a nanny cam in a teddy bear, which he then gives Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones)] “Right Now” feels like an intentional comeback-slash-apology — an earnest, if at times clunky, one. It's notable that his reflections on the jokes he would no longer perform today are infinitely more interesting than the jokes Ansari actually delivers.
  9. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jul 10, 2019
    60
    His small rebellion is the implicit insistence that, even as purity politics increasingly govern the lives of anyone who isn’t an out-and-proud bigot, he’s only as flawed as every other human being. Ansari might not be entirely wrong. I just hope he’ll be funnier—and more original—the next time around.
  10. Reviewed by: Megan Garber
    Jul 11, 2019
    50
    The question becomes how you treat the discomfort—as something to be celebrated, or as something to be denigrated. Ansari’s answer, over a show that has some great jokes and some distinctly less-great ones, is another kind of ellipsis: Can we just talk about something else? ... Another way that Right Now is of its moment: It is a work of winkily manufactured authenticity.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Jul 13, 2019
    3
    "Wokeness"...even Mr Ansari cannot topple the new taboos of the new moralistic religion. Barely a scratch.
    Two things should make Americans
    "Wokeness"...even Mr Ansari cannot topple the new taboos of the new moralistic religion. Barely a scratch.
    Two things should make Americans scream but wokeness is more important than education or knowledge:
    1- That a son of Indian immigrants appropriates Crazy Rich Asians, even though this show only considers Chinese to be Asians and is set in Singapore where close to 15% of the population is from the Indian subcontinent, yet shows them only as servants and waiters!!!
    2- That an Indian can say n**** without being vilified because his skin is darker than Stephen Curry ( whereas skin colour is a huge social marker in India).
    Can a Chinese (the most racist culture in the world and where modern slavery is still alive -Filipino and Indonesian maids treated like dogs) say n**** as Jimmy O Yang pretends?

    These two cases are part of the absurdity of wokeness that should be addressed and attacked by these funny men !
    But they are just cowards, looking for a Netflix paycheck...
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  2. Jul 12, 2019
    9
    You see that Aziz has grown up. He's handled the sexual misconduct event wonderfully well in this surprisingly profound Netflix special. HeYou see that Aziz has grown up. He's handled the sexual misconduct event wonderfully well in this surprisingly profound Netflix special. He makes you think long and hard about a lot of things, all the while keeping you in splits. Now if only he can come out with Season 3 of Master of None! Full Review »
  3. Jul 30, 2019
    0
    The topic I really wanted to hear about - where Ansari narrowly escapes a steamrolling by the same #MeToo mob he vehemently supported - isThe topic I really wanted to hear about - where Ansari narrowly escapes a steamrolling by the same #MeToo mob he vehemently supported - is glossed over at the very beginning for a couple of minutes with a pale, safe, diplomatic speech. The vast majority of the time is spent taking shots at easy political targets. "Do you still like Michael Jackson's music, you hypocrites?" Perhaps the lamest "gotcha" a comedian or pundit can fire out. Ansari needed to point this diatribe of societal shaming inward BEFORE he got into bed with the outrage crowd. Because of this exoneration in the court of public opinion, I'm expected to take seriously this newfound college-student take on the stubbornness of the world? Thanks, man, but I'm good on the talking-to. He then goes on to renounce all of his old material that I used to love. Crap this one was rough. Full Review »